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Health minister speaks out against efforts to undermine no-smoking policy

Published:Monday | October 7, 2013 | 9:55 AM

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has chided the tobacco industry for what he says have been efforts to destabilise the policy banning smoking in specified public areas.

Ferguson told journalists during a paediatric chronic kidney disease workshop and outreach programme, at Couples Sans Souci Resort in St Mary yesterday, that he takes the health of Jamaicans very seriously.

However, he says he notes that persons in the tobacco industry have been writing to critical players and leaders to create possible instability to the policy.

Ferguson is insisting that the tobacco industry is the only which makes a product which kills its most loyal customers.

He notes that six million persons across the globe die annually from cigarettes, with 600,000 of that number being from passive smoking.


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